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Played by: Rohan Chand
The film's protagonist and title character, Mowgli is an orphaned human child adopted by a pack of wolves.
  • Badass Adorable: He may be a 10-year-old boy with a sweet disposition, but he's plucky and doesn't go down without a fight. Especially in the end where he takes on Shere Khan.
  • Baths Are Fun: One scene before his first encounter with Shere Khan shows that he really enjoys swimming and diving.
  • Be Yourself: He's encouraged repeatedly by several characters to not flee from his human nature.
  • Child of Two Worlds: Being a human raised by wolves, he has difficulty finding where he belongs.
  • Determinator: Once Mowgli sets his mind to something, there's not a chance in Hell that you can stop him from doing it.
  • Didn't Think This Through: While he did save Akela by shooing away his defectors, Shere Khan and the Bandar-log with fire, in doing so, he violated the Jungle Law by turning the weapons of man upon animals.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: When he gets integrated into the man-village, he gets his hair washed, combed and tied in a bun. When he returns to the jungle to fight Shere Khan, his Wild Hair is back.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He eats everything from jungle fruit to raw meat and insects.
  • Happily Adopted: By Nisha and Vihaan, after Akela and the pack ward off Shere Khan, the killer of his parents; later by Messua.
  • Heroic BSoD: When he sees that Lockwood has killed and taxidermized Bhoot, he is rendered absolutely catatonic until the hunter leaves his presence. When he does, Mowgli breaks into tears.
  • Interspecies Friendship: With almost everyone in the pack, but Bagheera, a black leopard, would be the most prominent among his friends.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: When the danger his pack is in becomes all too apparent to him in that it prompted Lockwood to shoot and kill Bhoot, Mowgli resolves to have Shere Khan tracked down and killed.
  • Loincloth: His only piece of clothing while he lives in the jungle, until his first meeting with human civilization.
  • Messianic Archetype: A person of miraculous birth who brings hope to the jungle, grapples with what side he truly belongs, suffers the loss of several family members, before bringing peace to the jungle.
  • My Greatest Failure: His is never reconciling with Bhoot before he died. Finding him amongst Lockwood's menagerie completely breaks his heart.
  • Nice Guy: Towards those he holds dear, he is tender, warm-hearted and compassionate.
  • Le Parkour: During his training for the Running, he develops some impressive athletic chops for climbing and resourceful path-finding to compensate for what he lacks in speed.
  • Raised by Wolves: Literally. After his parents got killed by Shere Khan, he got adopted by a pack of wolves.
  • Running on All Fours: He initially does this during the Running of the Pack, but he eventually switches to two-legged running.
  • The So-Called Coward: Being a human child, he makes it easy for others to assume that he is a weakling; ironically, he proves to be significantly more valiant than Shere Khan during the climax.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Even after he joins the man-village and starts wearing a sarong and shoes, he goes around shirtless.
  • Wild Child: A human child who's grown up in the jungle.
  • Wild Hair: He has long, curly, unkempt locks, fitting for a boy who spent his entire life in the jungle.

"You are no different, Little Brother - you are special."
Voiced by: Christian Bale
A black panther who found the infant Mowgli in the jungle and took him to the wolf pack. He becomes Mowgli's closest friend and mentor.
  • Angry Animalistic Growl: He speaks with one when Baloo proves to be almost impossible to reason with after the Running.
    "Khan will kill him and tear the pack apart!"
  • Badass Baritone: He has a deep, warm voice that matches his secretive disposition as a leopard.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He calls Mowgli "Little Brother" and teaches him how to hunt and survive in the jungle.
  • Character Tics: He heaves a sigh while lifting his head when he is particularly upset.
  • Child of Two Worlds: Mirroring Mowgli's story, he was raised in a cage among humans, but escaped to the jungle where he found his place as a wild predator.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: After being unable to convince Mowgli to go to the Man-Village to be safe from Shere Khan, he intentionally targets the boy during the Running to make him fail, because he believes that the Man Village is the only place where Mowgli will be safe from Shere Khan, seeing as there is no way that the tiger will relent in his pursuit of him.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was born and raised in captivity, having spent most of his time in a cage as a plaything of man, which is why he had to gain their trust rather than fight his way out.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Being a melanistic leopard, he is almost completely black and looks fairly fearsome to a layman, but he is one of the most upstanding and noble associates of the pack, and very loyal to Mowgli.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He proves to be both very strong, and very agile.
  • Manly Tears: He can't stop himself from crying after hearing Mowgli's desperate pleas for him to not leave, and seeing him in such a miserable state.
  • Nice Guy: Kind-hearted, compassionate and noble. He is one of the most well-meaning denizens of the jungle.
  • Only Sane Man: Only Bagheera realizes that Shere Khan will try to kill Mowgli, with or without the pack's protection, and that the man village is the only place where Mowgli will be completely safe from his claws.
  • Panthera Awesome: One of the most badass, fearsome hunters in the entire jungle.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: During the Running of the Pack, he assumes an antagonistic role, pretending to attack the young wolves to provide them a challenge.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Baloo's red in that he's more level-headed and steadfast.
  • Scars Are Forever: He has a bald spot under his chin left by the collar he used to wear in captivity for years.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Mowgli - cemented when out of all the mammals in Akela's pack, it's he who is willing to step ahead and aid Mowgli in his mission to kill Shere Khan. Only Baloo's denial stops him from following with it.

"Of course you're different. That's why you need special training."
Voiced by: Andy Serkis
A grumpy old bear who teaches the wolf cubs the Law of the Jungle. Although his training methods can be rough, he tries his best to teach Mowgli become a wolf.
  • Adaptational Comic Relief: Averted. Baloo is every bit as serious as his book's counterpart, and takes on his role in the books as the mentor and teacher of the would-be members of the pack.
  • Artistic License – Biology:
    • Bears are not known to bald - Baloo's entire face is strangely devoid of fur.
    • He appears to be a Himalayan brown bear rather than the more geographically appropriate sloth bear. Presumably this is meant to correspond with the original book, which identifies him as a brown bear. But even then, his dark fur and hunched back also resemble a (further misplaced) grizzly bear, as Himalayan brown bears usually have bright, cream-colored fur.
    • In addition, during the scene where Mowgli and Baloo discover a mutilated domestic cow, Baloo only notices it when he takes a direct look at it; bears have some of the keenest noses in the animal kingdom, so Baloo should have picked up the scent.
  • Badass Baritone: Has a deep, gruff voice as is fitting for a grizzled, grouchy bear.
  • Badass Teacher: If it means protecting anyone he holds dear, Baloo doesn't hesitate to get physical.
  • Bald of Awesome: His face and forehead is almost devoid of any hair, which indicates his old age and gives him a rugged appearance.
  • Bears Are Bad News: He's a large, rugged, scarred brown bear with a grating voice who is harsh and demanding with his students. However, he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who wants the best for Mowgli.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Baloo immediately realizes that Bagheera intentionally targeted Mowgli to make him fail, but he is forced to say Mowgli failed the running. He is clearly pained, but he knows he has no choice.
  • Cassandra Truth: After Mowgli veers off after a monkey during a training session for the Running, Baloo warns Mowgli to stay away from the Monkey People, because they are unpredictable and anarchistic. Mowgli would have fared better had he actually listened to this advice, though in his defense, it was only one monkey that seemed to be harasing him.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: He is harsh, demanding and forces Mowgli into physically challenging tasks, to teach him how to survive in the jungle. Andy Serkis explicitly described him as a drill sergeant.
  • Grumpy Bear: A literal example. Even though he's occasionally jovial, he does have a bit of a temper, and doesn't allow anyone to fumble around while training.
  • Guttural Growler: His deep, grating voice sounds like a bear growling.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his gruff and stern behaviour, he truly cares about Mowgli and wants to see him succeed.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Even though he comes across as a killjoy and even abusive to a layman, he knows better than any of the students that the jungle is unforgiving and harsh, and that the whelps need to be mentally prepared for taking on the world.
  • Mean Brit: Invoked. He speaks with a Cockney accent, which is often stereotypical of crass, uncouth characters even in British media. Subverted in that he's still a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Mighty Glacier: He's rather sluggish compared to the others, but still packs a good punch.
  • Papa Bear: Make no mistake - for all his harshness, he will not let anyone harm Mowgli. This extends even to Bagheera, as Baloo furiously calls him out for deliberately making Mowgli fail the running.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Bagheera's blue in that he's more abrasive and aggressive.
  • Scary Teeth: Downplayed. He has a prominent snaggletooth for a lower right fang, which adds to his overall gritty design.
  • Stern Teacher: He's strict, demanding, and willing to use physical violence on disobedient wolf cubs.


"I think we can both agree, Mowgli, that you are something the jungle has never seen before."
Voiced by: Cate Blanchett
A gigantic, mystical python who is said to be as old as the jungle itself and able to see the past and the future.
  • Adaptation Distillation: In the book, Baloo and Bagheera has to seek Kaa for his help on rescuing Mowgli from the Bandar-log, knowing that they are terrified of him. Here, Kaa unexpectedly shows up at the temple just when the situation's getting dire.
  • Animals Not to Scale: She is much bigger than any real-life snake, closer in size to a prehistoric Titanoboa.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She crashes through the monkey temple's walls to rescue Mowgli, scaring off the monkeys and forcing Shere Khan to back off.
  • Character Narrator: She narrates the opening and closing scenes of the movie.
  • Contralto of Danger: With the voice of Cate Blanchett, this is to be expected.
  • Creepy Good: She may not be a villain, but that doesn't make her any less frightening to a layman.
  • The Dreaded: Every animal in the jungle fears her, including the monkey-people and Shere Khan himself.
  • Gender Flip: In the book, Kaa was a male python.
  • Good Is Not Nice: She wants peace in the Jungle and despises Shere Khan, but she still toys around with Mowgli and at one point pretends to try and eat him, and she calls the fight between Akela and his challengers "entertainment".
  • Horrifying the Horror: Even Shere Khan, an unfettered Law-breaking tiger, knows better than to mess with her.
  • Large Ham: Not only is she physically enormous - her every word drips with hamminess, complete with stressed sibilants.
  • Physical God: She's practically this, considering her impossible age and her mystical seer abilities.
  • Seers: She has the ability to see both the past and the future of the jungle.
  • Sssssnake Talk: She slips into this when she's angry.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: Inverted. This take on Kaa is Truer to the Text, thus while still creepy and scary, she is decidedly not villainous by any means.
  • Time Abyss: She the oldest being in the entire jungle. Some say she's as old as the jungle itself.
  • Troll: It's not below her to pretend that she wants to eat Mowgli just to scare the boy for her own amusement.

"You will always be my son, Mowgli. Nothing can ever change that."
Voiced by: Naomie Harris
The she-wolf that adopted and raised Mowgli.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Her name was Raksha in the book.
  • Good Parents: She's very caring and supportive of Mowgli.
  • Happily Married: To Vihaan; in the few scenes they share together, they show not only concern for their young, but also a mutual tenderness.
  • Mama Bear: She is fiercely protective of her cubs, especially Mowgli.
  • Nice Girl: Kind-hearted, nurturing and emotional.
  • Noble Wolf: She is a tough, fierce she-wolf and a loving mother.
  • Parental Substitute: She's Mowgli's adoptive mother.

"I've never seen a man-cub before. It's so... small."
Voiced by: Eddie Marsan
Nisha's mate and Mowgli's adoptive father.
  • Good Parents: While he may be more cautious and hesitant than Nisha, he's not afraid to stand up for those he holds dear against the likes of Tabaqui or Shere Khan (albeit here he had the support of the pack).
  • Happily Married: To Nisha; in the few scenes they share together, they show not only concern for their young, but also a mutual tenderness.
  • Named by the Adaptation: In the book he was only known as Father Wolf.
  • Nice Guy: While a little prone to worrying, he is overall warm-hearted, loyal and helpful.
  • Noble Wolf: While not as outwardly risk-prone or as good a hunter as the other wolves, he's well-intentioned and Mowgli and the rest of his litter take him seriously as their father.
  • Parental Substitute: He's Mowgli's adoptive father.

"When you were a cub, I looked you in the eye and saw no fear."
Voiced by: Peter Mullan
The elderly leader of the wolf pack.
  • Adaptation Distillation: In the books, his failure in the night hunt was staged by a portion of the pack that had already defected to Shere Khan prior to the incident; no such thing happens in the film, and Akela misses his kill purely thanks to his own actions.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: In the wolf pack, the leader rises to power by fighting the previous leader, which is likely what Akela did when he was young. The status must be maintained: leaders who miss their kills are seen as poor hunters, and thus, unfit to lead the pack, which is what happens to Akela halfway into the movie.
  • Big Good: Seen as the cornerstone of nobility and decency for the whole pack.
  • Brave Scot: Invokes this trope due to having a Scottish accent, courtesy of Peter Mullan.
  • Cool Old Guy: Sensible, noble and considerate. Despite his old age, he is a formidable fighter and a competent leader.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: As opposed to his death in the film, as described under Heroic Sacrifice, Akela's novel counterpart dies much later chronologically, during the events of Red Dog.
  • Guttural Growler: He has quite a husky voice.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the final battle, he jumps at Shere Khan to save Mowgli, and gets hit by one of Lockwood's bullets meant for the tiger.
  • Honor Before Reason: He will abide by the law regardless of how much it hinders him. Akela refuses to acknowledge Mowgli saved his life with fire, and he is hesitant about fighting Shere Khan in the climax.
  • Noble Wolf: The strong and wise leader of the wolf pack.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Has an unusually long, mohawk-like mane.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He is very prudent when assessing matters; instead of dismissing Mowgli's inclusion a priori, he follows the procedure of the Jungle Law to see if anyone will speak for Mowgli. He also believes that Mowgli can bring about a time of peace and harmony between man and beast if he learns the ways of the jungle.

    Grey Brother
"The pack needs you, Mowgli."
Voiced by: Jack Reynor
Nisha and Vihaan's son and Mowgli's adoptive brother.
  • Cool Big Bro: He's the oldest of Nisha and Vihaan's litter and by far the most kind-hearted to Mowgli.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: He has a large white patch on one side of his face, giving him a unique look.
  • The Herald: His explanations of the trouble that Shere Khan has brought to them is the first indication to Mowgli that he has to return home.
  • Light Is Good: The lightest-colored of Nisha's litter is also the kindest one.
  • Nice Guy: Generally jovial and sociable, and the only one of Nisha and Vihaan's litter who is kind and friendly to Mowgli.
  • Noble Wolf: He is the only brother of Mowgli who remains loyal to Akela and never turns to Shere Khan.
  • Uniformity Exception: While the other pups of Nisha and Vihaan's litter are reddish, like most Indian wolves, Grey Brother has black and grey smudges over a white base, as is fitting for his name. Needless to say, he's not aggressive, and is the only one of the four who cares about Mowgli.

"I don't have any friends either. But we have each other."
Voiced by: Louis Ashbourne Serkis
An albino wolf runt who gets bullied by the rest of the pack. He considers Mowgli his best friend.
  • Albinos are Freaks: Bhoot is an albino runt who gets bullied and called a freak who "came out wrong" by the other wolves. He and Mowgli become best friends because they both have difficulties finding their place in the pack. He's surprisingly cheerful despite his status.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Albino mammals' eyes are usually red, due to lack of pigmentation causing the blood vessels to add the color - Bhoot has blue eyes.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Mowgli. They become friends because they are both seen as "freaks" by the rest of the wolf pack.
  • Canon Foreigner: He was created for the movie and has no counterpart in the book.
  • Cheerful Child: Always has a sunny, playful disposition.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: They help to make him more endearing.
  • Kill the Cutie: He gets killed and taxidermized by Lockwood.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: He's Mowgli's best friend in the pack. Mowgli getting mad and yelling at him is the point when things start getting from bad to worse. His eventual death is what leads Mowgli to finally leave the man-village and take on Shere Khan.
  • Nice Guy: Bhoot would never hurt a fly.
  • The Pollyanna: No matter how much abuse he gets from the other wolves, he never loses his cheerful attitude.
  • The Runt at the End: The smallest and weakest member of the wolf-pack.
  • White Wolves Are Special: His white fur matches his pure-hearted personality. He's also "special" in the sense of being weak and physically challenged.

Voiced by: N/A
An ancient, mighty elephant with a broken right tusk.
  • Acoustic License: Played with. When he first appears, his footsteps are plodding, heavy and unusually loud, more akin to the footsteps of dinosaurs in popular media. When he trudges towards Lockwood, however, Reality Ensues and Lockwood can't hear him coming because of the elephant's padded feet.
  • Androcles' Lion: Inverted; it's he who saves Mowgli from a tiger pit meant for Shere Khan, and later on, it's Mowgli who shows him the way to Lockwood in return.
  • Animal Nemesis: He becomes this to Lockwood after the hunter shoots his tusk.
  • Berserk Button: When Hathi is informed that Lockwood is the one that maimed his tusk, he is absolutely livid; he dashes towards the hunter with unbridled zeal.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's generally gentle and tame, but he gets angry and vengeful at Lockwood for getting his tusk shot.
  • Big Good: He's the ruler of the jungle and treated with the utmost respect from all other animals.
  • Elephants Never Forget: He's always remembered that a hunter cleaved off half his tusk with a gunshot, and later runs in for revenge when Mowgli points him to Lockwood.
  • A Friend in Need: He rescues Mowgli from the tiger pit, and later aids him in his endeavor to defeat Shere Khan.
  • Gentle Giant: He's benevolent and kind, rescuing Mowgli from a tiger pit.
  • Honorable Elephant: As he is the leader of the elephants, who founded the Jungle Law, he is a very straight example of this.
  • Physical God: His immense size and the plants growing on his body make him look like a living mountain.
  • Reality Ensues: Since elephants have padded feet that allow them to move almost unheard when they walk, it comes of no surprise that Lockwood doesn't hear Hathi trudging towards him until it's too late.
  • The Speechless: He never utters a single word. Fittingly, he was called "Hathi the Silent" in the book.

Played by: Freida Pinto
A kind human woman who takes care of Mowgli in the Man-Village.

  • Demoted to Extra: In the book, she gets a lot of time as Mowgli's human mother figure. She is only briefly featured here in a couple of scenes and does not get any characterization at all.
  • Nice Girl: She's gentle and caring, helping Mowgli to fit in with the man-village and doing the utmost to raise him properly.
  • Parental Substitute: As Mowgli's foster mother, she qualifies.


    Shere Khan
"My, my... how you've grown."

As in The Jungle Book, Shere Khan is the chief antagonist of the film. He is a limping Bengal tiger who regularly violates the Jungle Law by killing humans and their livestock, which forces them to hunt innocent animals.

  • Abled in the Adaptation: Averted. For once, he is portrayed with a deformed right paw that renders him unable to walk properly, causing him to limp, just like in the novel.
  • Acoustic License: There's a snowball's chance in Hell that the claws of a real tiger would sound like a sword blade being sharpened; however, it makes for good sound design.
  • Adaptational Badass: Notably more willing to act on his convictions than his novel counterpart, who was all bark and almost no bite.
  • Animal Nemesis: To Mowgli, seeking to kill him ever since he was a baby.
  • Ax-Crazy: This diseased beast takes gleeful relish in any chance he has to inflict violence upon others, particularly if they're of mankind. Best shown when he has Mowgli firmly in his clutches and takes the time simply to watch him wince in pain as he claws his arm.
  • Big Bad: The primary antagonist of the movie, whose motivation to kill Mowgli drives much of the plot.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: When the unconscious Mowgli is at his mercy in the monkey temple, he takes his time to gloat to himself and slowly torture the boy instead of killing him right away. This wins time for Bagheera, Baloo and Kaa to come to the rescue.
  • Cats Are Mean: There is no other way to describe his less-than-charming demeanor.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: As opposed to the original novel, where he's trampled in a stampede of water buffaloes, Shere Khan is killed by Mowgli thrusting his knife into the jugular vein. Needless to say that Mowgli didn't skin him afterwards.
  • Dirty Coward: Zig-zagged. During the final confrontation, he bolts for safety after Mowgli gives him a nasty knife thrust to the gut. When Lockwood misses his shot and grazes Mowgli's arm, Shere Khan immediately turns around to try and kill the boy once more, knowing that he is defenseless. On the other hand, when Mowgli has finally cornered him, Shere Khan takes one more shot at trying to kill Mowgli before the boy thrusts the knife into his jugular, killing him for good.
  • Evil Cripple: His front right paw is crippled and withered, giving him a limp. He presumably became a man-eater because his handicap makes him a subpar hunter.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He chews the scenery with abandon whenever he is excited or angry - Benedict Cumberbatch in his natural environment as far as antagonists are concerned.
  • Evil Is Petty: As an all-round arrogant jerkass and a violent sadist, he definitely fits the bill.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Also thanks to Cumberbatch, he boasts an imposing baritone voice.
  • Fantastic Racism: He hates mankind so much that he stresses the word "man" every time he says it with unbridled rage.
  • Fatal Flaw: Arrogance, obstinacy, wrath and sanctimony all rolled into one.
  • Guttural Growler: Particularly when pronouncing the word "man".
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Very aggressive and tactless.
  • Handicapped Badass: His damaged right forelimb doesn't make him any less of a threat to Mowgli: he is capable of galloping, jumping and even climbing with his predicament.
  • Hate Sink: You will not find a single redeeming quality in this tiger; he is as revolting on the inside as he is on the outside.
  • Hypocrite: He chastises the acceptance of a child into Akela's pack as against the Jungle Law, but finds no issue in breaking said Law whenever it suits his needs.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: He has blue irises, which highlight his overall cold and callous demeanor.
  • It's All About Me: His selfishness is what instigates most of the troubles that the Seonee pack has to endure.
  • Jerkass: To an appalling degree; not only does he openly defy the Jungle Law, but he also takes pleasure in torturing anyone who opposes him, and relishes the opportunity to spite Akela when he turns part of his pack against him.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: After years of evading comeuppance for his violations of the Jungle Law, Shere Khan is finally faced with poetic justice - the elephants who founded the Law.
  • Karmic Death: Killed by the creature that he spent his entire life hating - man.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Shere Khan never fails to remind us that he is a genuine and very real threat.
  • Lack of Empathy: Since he's perfectly willing to kill a nursing mother and her infant son, Khan has zero empathy.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He manages to coax a sizable portion of the pack to side against Akela; a task which does take intelligence.
  • No True Scotsman: He self-righteously claims to have the moral high ground in calling out Akela for adopting a man cub; what he refuses to realize is that he is breaking the Law much more grievously.
  • Obviously Evil: Just look at him!
  • Panthera Awesome: While crippled, he is still capable of being a formidable big cat.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Sports several of these after he coaxes part of Akela's pack to side against him, priding himself on having the high ground over the former pack leader.
  • Red Right Hand: His crippled right paw is an almost literal example, being reddish-brown and withered.
  • Sadist: A depraved, violent tiger who kills for pleasure, and enjoys to torture his victims. It's further implied in his last spoken words.
    "You know, I can still hear your mother's screams, the night I took her life!"
  • Sinister Scraping Sound: As he drags his crippled foreleg while limping, the claw makes a sound akin to the scraping of a metal blade.
  • Slasher Smile: He does this several times, and it looks absolutely blood-curdling.
  • Smug Snake: He's certainly full of himself, until he faces a superior opponent such as Kaa or the elephants.
  • The Sociopath: Remorseless, arrogant, self-righteous, obstinate beyond all reason and completely devoid of any redeeming qualities - there's no other way to sum all this up.
  • The Un-Smile: Every time he smiles, he menacingly bares his fangs; it only helps make him more unsettling than he already is.
  • Verbal Tic: He always stresses the word "man" as though he is spitting it out, showing his unbridled hatred of the species.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: A powerful, menacing, sadistic tiger accompanied by the cowardly, constantly giggling Tabaqui.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When he realizes that Mowgli has rallied the elephants (the lords of the jungle) to stand up to his malice, Khan goes completely off his rocker and flies into a psychotic rage, erratically snapping at the elephants that surround him, and taking every chance he gets to try and maim Mowgli.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Not only that; he is almost aroused by every opportunity he has to torment Mowgli.

"Sometimes I dream I'm a tiger, but I always wake up a hyena."
Voiced by: Tom Hollander
A cowardly hyena who serves as Shere Khan's informant, and usually follows him around as a toady.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: In the book, Mowgli openly acknowledged Tabaqui as a cunning spy for Shere Khan. This movie doesn't show any signs of him having that kind of cleverness.
  • Adaptational Wimp: While he was also a toady in the book, he also had fits of madness that caused him to bite everything in his path. Even Shere Khan avoided him during those episodes. He never has any in this movie.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Tabaqui was a jackal in the book. Here, he's a hyena (presumably a striped hyena, but he looks more like a brown hyena).
  • Artistic License – Biology: He doesn't look very much like a striped hyena, the only species native to India. He looks more like a brown hyena, which is endemic to Africa. He also laughs like a spotted hyena, another African species.
  • Bugs Herald Evil: He is constantly seen as swarmed by insects whenever he shows up.
  • Creepy High-Pitched Voice: His voice is a grating, sniveling tenor.
  • Dirty Coward: A self-centered, greedy lowlife who never stands up to anyone and flees at the first sight of danger.
  • Evil Smells Bad: Implied, since he's perpetually surrounded by a swarm of insects.
  • Fair Weather Friend: He abandons Shere Khan as soon as he has the chance when the elephants come from behind them.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Tries to put on a thin veneer of politeness and pleasantry, but almost everyone sees straight through it.
  • Heinous Hyena: Tabaqui is wicked, cowardly and all-round unpleasant like a stereotypical hyena.
  • The Hyena: A literal example; he giggles a lot.
  • Jerkass: There is nothing comforting about Tabaqui: he is obnoxious, selfish and unpleasant.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He has a rather immature demeanor, most prominently when he laughs and mocks Akela like a petulant child after he returns from his failed night hunt.
  • Scavengers Are Scum: He is a species of hyena that is mainly a scavenger, and downright unpleasant.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: He is most likely a striped hyena, although he also shares traits with the equally obscure brown hyena (though the giggling sounds he makes resemble the vocalization of the better-known spotted hyena).
  • Spared by the Adaptation: He runs away when the elephant herd surrounds Shere Khan, and is never seen again. In the book, he was killed by Grey Brother.
  • Sycophantic Servant: To Shere Khan. If he's anything like his novel counterpart, Tabaqui follows the tiger in order to get scraps from his kills without trouble.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: He's the cowardly, sniveling minion of the terrifying, sadistic Shere Khan.

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A horde of monkeys dwelling in abandoned ruins. They are allied to Shere Khan.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the book they were chaotic and lawless, but neutral, kidnapping Mowgli because they wanted to learn the ways of man from him. Here, they are allied with Shere Khan, kidnapping Mowgli to bring him to the tiger.
  • Maniac Monkeys: A vicious, chaotic horde without laws or a language, who kidnap Mowgli and take him to Shere Khan.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: The troop consists of obscure monkey species: gray langur, lion-tailed macaque, and bonnet macaque.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: We never see them getting killed and eaten by Kaa (except for the two that were on each side of the throne and were crushed by Kaa's coils as she wrapped herself around the structure), and many of them are present when Shere Khan takes over the wolf pack.
  • The Speechless: They never talk, only screech and chatter, to emphasize their chaotic nature.
  • Zerg Rush: Their preferred method of physical combat; when they attack Baloo and Bagheera, they swarm them in great numbers.

    John Lockwood
"We can't all be scholars... because God knows I'm not."
Played by: Matthew Rhys
A British hunter who arrives to the Man-Village to kill Shere Khan. He captures Mowgli, but eventually releases him and becomes his mentor in the man-village.
  • Adaptational Name Change: His counterpart in the book was an Indian hunter named Buldeo.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Buldeo in the book was an outright Jerkass to Mowgli, threatened to beat him when he discovered him taking the corpse of Shere Khan, and later tried to have Messua outright killed because he saw her as aiding an evil sorcerer. Aside from killing Bhoot, Lockwood is a genuinely nice man, who speaks Hindu fluently and treats the villagers with immense respect and kindness.
  • Affably Evil: Aside from being an Egomaniac Hunter, he’s a genuinely friendly and decent man who is good to Mowgli and wants to help the village.
  • The Alcoholic: Downplayed; only once do we see him actually intoxicated, but it's shown in other short scenes that he does enjoy his booze.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Whether or not he survived Hathi's attack is left uncertain - when we last see him, he is writhing on the ground from the pain, and still alive.
  • Anti-Villain: The only truly immoral things that he does pertain to being vain about his collection and hunting juvenile animals (considered very unsportsmanlike among all hunters except poachers); other than that, he is a cordial man who genuinely wants to help the village get rid of Shere Khan.
  • BFG: He wields a large-caliber double-barreled rifle - presumably an elephant gun.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: He takes pleasure in shooting rare animals and collecting trophies.
  • Evil Brit: He's a British colonialist who takes great pleasure in hunting rare animals.
  • Great White Hunter: He is generally a decent man, wanting to help the village get rid of the man-eating tiger and treating Mowgli with kindness. He's also literally the only white man in the film.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: It hits him very hard - and very literally - when Hathi tracks him down and clobbers him with his trunk.
  • Nice to the Waiter: He is by far not malicious, and treats Mowgli and the other villagers cordially.
  • Obliviously Evil: He did not know that the albino wolf he killed was Mowgli's best friend.
  • Punched Across the Room: When Hathi charges towards him, he hurls him several meters away with a single blow of his trunk.
  • Race Lift: He's British, while his book counterpart, Buldeo, was Indian.
  • Tuckerization: He's named after the artist and scholar John Lockwood Kipling, father of Rudyard Kipling, the author of the original book.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He had no problem shooting, killing, and taxiderming Bhoot, as in his view, it is just another animal (even though going after juvenile animals is outright illegal in dozens of countries and looked at incredibly badly among professional hunter). When he shoots Mowgli by accident in the final battle, by contrast he is clearly visibly shaken.

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